I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.
While we were expecting our first child 10 years ago, my husband and I spent hours discussing things like at what age they could date, wear makeup, go to the mall alone and things like that. But all those rules and ideas we came up with never touched on internet safety because the internet was still not exactly popular back then. Sure, a lot of people had emails but I was still excited about owning phones without cords. LOL! Now that we have a 10 year old, 8 year old, 2 year old and 6 month old I am amazed at how things have changed. Our 2 year old knows how to operate our iPad. At age two he can send a (gibberish) text message. It blows me away. As we saw the trend towards technology taking place we quickly realized we’d be remiss as parents if we did not set up some early parameters.
Here are some of our current rules:
1. Computers are only allowed on the main floor of our house. This ensures that we can always see the screens. And yes, my husband and I follow this rule as well.
2. USE PASSWORDS! Yes, I know they are pain, but passwords can protect your kids…and your wallet. My toddler accidentally bought an app on my mom’s phone. We have our items password protected so this cannot happen.
3. Limit screen time. Our girls spend a lot of time on the computer for home-school but at their young ages we limit their non-school screen time to no more than 30 minutes a day.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of America is doing their part to increase awareness for Cyber Safety. Since June is national Internet Safety month, they have created a fun quiz to see how Cyber Safe YOU are. You can take the quiz on their website. I am proud to say that my results were that I am a Cyber Survivor! Woo-hoo!
On their website you will also find some eye-opening videos. I encourage you to watch them. I was floored at the information shared. One of the videos I watched said that 1 in 3 teens reports being a victim of cyber bullying. It definitely go me to thinking how we can help protect our kids from this.
I would love for you to check out The Boys and Girls Clubs of America and then take their Cyber Safety quiz and share your results with me. Please leave a comment and share your tips on keeping your children Cyber Safe.
Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen